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Old 04-03-2012, 10:18 PM
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Just curious what others have experinced as far as the best time of day for Pike. The thread about routine got me thinking. When's the most consistant time for the big pike?

In my experience it seems there are a lot of definite shifts on the pike population. Meaning small hammer handles eat for a while than the little ones dissapear and you start to hold on to your rod a little tighter becuase there may be something else moving into your area with an agenda .

Now, how that relates to the time of day I'm not sure. There are so many variables it's hard to say although I've noticed going through pictures A lot of nice fish are caught during low light hours (early/late day). Infact the biggest fish of our last fish was caught on the last night, incedentaly, we stayed out a little later trying to bleed out the last of the trip (Had to beg her with a fly rod but, got her in the boat non-the-less.) Other trips the first night out has been really good. Again since we're fresh we stay out a little later.

So when anylizing my canda routine (going July 29th for a week), should I put more emphasis on twilight fishing?

FYI I spend 95% of my time up there chasing big Jack. So walleye time isn't that important to me.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:16 AM
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I'm no expert for sure, but have been to Canada for over 20 years. Most of my big pike have come at mid morning and mid day, and a few coming 2 hours before dark. Never had much luck at last light of the day. We fish mainly stained water, I believe wind blown points and shorelines are the key. Ambush weeds next to a drop off produced my best. We usually go in September.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:49 AM
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Isn't it obvious??? ANYTIME of the day is a good time to go pike fishing!!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:08 AM
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I "too" am no Pike expert and can only base my input on 22 years straight of going to LOTW at the end of May, first of June!

I very much enjoy fishing for Pike as we don't have theme here at home! What I have found is that the smaller pike feed readily in the early morning hours with an occasional larger pike in the mix! If the day starts off sunny and warming, it's been pretty much a given that as the day progresses we catch the larger pike! If the days are rainy and cool, it always seems the better fish turn on later in the day though! I'm not sure there is any specific "routine" for us in fishing and catching though other than we generally don't expect to catch the bigger ones until the day progresses!

"In my experience it seems there are a lot of definite shifts on the pike population. Meaning small hammer handles eat for a while than the little ones dissapear and you start to hold on to your rod a little tighter because there may be something else moving into your area with an agenda."

We have experienced the same circumstances many times over the years, and "almost" always it's because a big musky has moved into the area and all the jacks go into hiding (or so it seems anyway)!

As I said, I am certainly no expert by any means when it comes to the Pike, can only relate per my week long visits each year earlier in the year! Interesting thread though, I'll have to keep tabs on it and likely learn a whole bunch!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:57 AM
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I am curious because in this thread is the first time I have ever heard of northern pike referred to as "jacks" After I read that I later watched the videos posted by limeyangler on Eagle Lake and heard him to refer to a small pike as a jack. I have gone past Jackfish Lake in NW Ontario, but never knew what the name meant. Now... I have been going to Canada for 15 years and never heard of a pike referred to as a jack. Is it just another name for them or is it a smaller one (like snake or hammerhandle)? Please do not make fun of my ignorance, I get enough of that at home!
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:03 AM
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I want to be throwing big baits between 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:06 AM
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I am curious because in this thread is the first time I have ever heard of northern pike referred to as "jacks" After I read that I later watched the videos posted by limeyangler on Eagle Lake and heard him to refer to a small pike as a jack. I have gone past Jackfish Lake in NW Ontario, but never knew what the name meant. Now... I have been going to Canada for 15 years and never heard of a pike referred to as a jack. Is it just another name for them or is it a smaller one (like snake or hammerhandle)? Please do not make fun of my ignorance, I get enough of that at home!
Can't say that I really know either! When talking with some of the local guides over the years I've asked what they were guiding for that day and many times have heard them say they were taking their clients out "Jack" fishing! Then at times, while fishing with some of them on their "off times", I've heard all of them refer to the smaller pike as Jacks, Snakes and or Hammerhandles! I (while up there anyway) just refer to Pike in general as Jacks cuz that's what I hear more often while there! May be just a local thing, I've no idea for sure!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:41 PM
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I call them small pike SNOT-ROCKETS!!!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:27 PM
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Reserve 4:00 to 6:00 pm (mid-summer) for the pike hunting. Let someone else start dinner and be sure to be in the water at that time. Not much for the early morning or anything an hour before sundown. Basing this on when we have landed some of the biggest in 25 years of Canadian fishing.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:19 PM
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ive had my best pike success in both canada and wisconsin around 10am. its when the sun gets high enough to start filtering a little deeper in the water but not too high. try areas where there is some shade next to bright sun, cast along the line of sun and hold on tight
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